Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles

I’ve seen many Beatles tribute and cover bands over the years, but the one that I saw last night blew me away. It was amazing. The show is called Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles. They started out by recreating Ed Sullivan, Shea Stadium, Sgt. Pepper and then Abbey Road, complete with costume and set changes. Two large monitors that looked like old TV’s kept us entertained with retro commercials while the band was busy doing their multiple metamorphosis’ behind the curtain.


There was a 20 minute intermission and then they came back, putting on a fab reunion concert that sadly never really happened, including some of the Beatles solo hits, like Watching the Wheels, It Don’t Come Easy, Band on the Run and What is Life?

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take any pictures or video of the performance.

The only bad thing about the entire evening was the ever annoying pain in my hip and thigh, especially my left one. It doesn’t take me more than 15 steps before I start limping. My friend Cheryl and I both have a hard time walking long distances. We had to stop to rest so many times that I lost count. There are also no elevators inside the 1920’s era State Theater in downtown Cleveland, so a large number of stairs were involved, which sucked verily.

By the time that we got to our seats, my legs were shaking. I’m so thankful that I didn’t fall on my wobbly ass. Getting back to the car was also a challenge, but we both made it.

I guess that maybe I need to start using a cane or something. Boo.

Today, I am tired, sore and taking it especially easy on myself.

There are some things that are worth the pain and my recoup time. Anything Beatles related falls under that category for me.

Very simply, because they make me happy.


Rubber City Beatlesfest

My friend Cheryl and I traveled south last night to Akron, fighting the frigid cold in order to go to The Rubber City Beatlesfest 2015. We had gone to the same venue a couple of years ago and enjoyed it, so when tickets went on sale back in January, we popped on it.

The only bad part was the walk from the parking garage.

“There goes my leg,” I said.

“It’s fucking cold,” she said.

The first band up: The ReBeats.


They did many of my favorite songs from Abbey Road and the lead guitar player nailed “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

The next band, I have seen at least 7 times now, Hard Days Night. They are truly awesome and a fab experience was had by all.

hard days night

We had great seats, which is why I was able to get a few decent photos on my smart phone.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to stay for the entire show. We had a long drive home and both of us were tired. We missed out on seeing Joey Molland from Badfinger. Maybe next year.

I bought myself an original John Lennon print by an artist selling there. It needs framed, so I will do a future post that includes my many Beatles artworks. It’s a bit of an obsession. I am running out of wall space.

You can never have enough Beatles stuff my best friend says. Maybe she is right. 🙂

Watching the wheels

Today, John Lennon would have been 74 years old. I felt compelled to do something to celebrate his life in my own little way. He is, after all, my second favorite Beatle.

So, happy birthday John. I love this song, and so I share it in your honor. I feel like I can relate to what you were trying to say. I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round too.

(Plus he used my name.)

“Watching The Wheels”

People say I’m crazy doing what I’m doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I’m o.k. well they look at me kind of strange
Surely your not happy now you no longer play the game

People say I’m lazy dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I’m doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don’t you miss the big time boy you’re no longer on the ball?

I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

People asking questions lost in confusion
Well I tell them there’s no problem
Only solutions
Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I’ve lost my mind
I tell them there’s no hurry…
I’m just sitting here doing time

I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go